Favorite thing: The Saugus Iron Mill is located along the banks of the Saugus River. When we were there, the area where ships would have docked was choked with plants, but one of the main reasons that this mill was located here was that the river could provide power.
The mill wheels are still operational, but now the NPS notes that there are over two hundred species of plants, thirty five species of birds, ten species of mammals, four species of reptiles and amphibians, and at least four species of fish and numerous species of invertebrates
Fondest memory: If was to go to Saugus today, I would know that not only could I see the evolution of manufacturing in the Americas, but also such trees as white and scarlet oaks, American beech, shagbark hickory, black walnut, black cherry, black willow, red and silver maples, and boxelder and many marsh plants such as the narrow-leaved cattail. The tall wetland vegetation provides excellent habitat for nesting red-wing blackbirds and other bird species and breeding fish, such as the fourspine stickleback.
At our home in RI we had wildflowers similar to those at the Saugus Iron Works such as jack-in-the-pulpit, skunk cabbage, jewelweed, goldenrod, and several species of asters, and some ferns. Since we visited in the summer, the goldenrod and the cattails would have been the primary plants that we would have seen.
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Favorite thing: This restored seventeenth century house was the home of the Iron Works manager. It is an original house, whereas the rest of the mill is a reconstruction.
I know that we toured this house when we were at the Iron Works, but I think it was too dark for us to take any photos inside. I'm pretty sure that this house is not handicapped accessible, but there doesn't seem to be much other information about it on the internet.
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